Members of the LGBT community may face unique challenges in the workplace. This includes discrimination, which can manifest in many forms, even as subtle as unpaid overtime. One of the key legal protections is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The FLSA is a federal law that provides labor rights to employees in the United States. It sets the minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and federal, state, and local governments.
It protects employees from unfair labor practices and provides a legal framework for fair compensation. The FLSA applies to most private employers.
The FLSA is designed to protect employees by setting standards for minimum wage, overtime pay, and child labor. The Act requires employers to pay covered nonexempt employees a minimum wage. Overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and one-half times their regular pay rates is required after 40 work hours in a work week.
Recognizing FLSA Violations
Understanding FLSA violations is crucial for recognizing when your employee rights are infringed upon. Here are a few examples:
- Unpaid overtime: If an employer fails to pay a non-exempt employee one and a half times their regular rate for any hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek, they are violating the FLSA.
- Minimum wage violations: If an employer pays less than the current New Jersey minimum wage, it violates the FLSA.
- Misclassification of employees: If employers intentionally classify employees as exempt to avoid paying overtime, this is a violation.
Each of these examples not only breaks the law but also infringes on the rights and livelihoods of employees. If you believe you have been discriminated against or your employer has violated the FLSA, there are steps you can take. You can file a complaint with the Wage and Hour Division, which enforces the FLSA. You can seek legal counsel to guide you and advocate for your rights.
Our South Jersey Discrimination Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Can Protect Your Rights
Workplace discrimination and wage theft should never be tolerated. Speak with our South Jersey discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. to learn more. Call us at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey, including Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Marlton, Moorestown, and Mount Laurel.